Man not to be rude or anything but to call YJ Hal Jordan a dick is sort of unecessary because the dude has literally done nothing to anyone.
Oh, this so much.
I have no favorite GLs, and they all bug me equally much, except for Guy, who is an asshole. But whenever people cry and moan about Hal, it annoys me. On principle of their arguments being ridiculous.
But then, I generally role my eyes at anyone bitching about Hal at all (especially in a fandom that worships Guy Gardner, because Guy wins the “who is a dick” sweepstakes every time) because the minute Hal came back, all the GLs got their own books.
Unlike, say that time that Kyle was Green Lantern and we got told repeatedly how special he was. So, yeah, we get told that Hal is special a lot, but it’s hardly any different than when Kyle was The One, True Green Lantern.
And yes, Hal Jordan is a privileged white dude. So is Guy Gardner. So is Alan Scott. So is Batman. So is TIM DRAKE, fandom’s one true darling. So is Wally West, fandom’s other One True Darling. And god knows my dash is full of Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and Clint Barton - also all privileged white dudes (Hi, Avengers movie that is full of them but somehow not nearly as terrible as Hal Jordan having a book! Maybe it would be less terrible if Hal was “fucking” Tony Stark.)
So, tl;dr: All of Fandoms Reasons For Hating Hal (And Barry) Are Bullshit and worse, Hypocritical Bullshit.
… Aaaaaaand this rant was a bit of a tangent from the original post. I should possibly not make posts before noon.